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Introduction - Intellect - Mental Science's Divisions - Intellect's Divisions and Perceptions - The Understanding - The Reason - The Dynamics of the Intellect - Physical Feelings - Intellectual Feelings - Spiritual Feelings - Dynamics of Feelings - The Will - The Nervous System - Nervous System of Man - Executive Volition - Primary Volition, or Choice - Dynamics of the Will and the Mind - The Relations of the Systems Here Offered to Prevalent Forms of Philosophy - Index - Contents -


Lesson 29 - 1. What the understanding includes Memory - p.125

1. THE understanding includes all those mental activities by which the data of sense and reason are wrought into knowledge. They are memory, imagination, and judgment. The first condition of rational activity is perception, some object given to the mind towards which it may be moved, with which it may occupy itself. The second essential condition is memory, by which perceptions gain continuity, are united into one experience, are made ready to be woven into the fabric of belief. Without memory our conscious states would be separate, incommunicable, save by direct sequence, with no more reciprocal play, unity, and growth than belong to particles of sand. Memory is involved in the coherence of intellectual life, as much as the constant interaction of its organs is included in physical life. Memory is the power of recalling the phenomena of consciousness. The experiences of the past are restored to the mind by this faculty, with a recognition of their previous existence. Like all primitive powers, it has its own simple, unique action, explained only by experience.

The words retaining, recalling, may, through the force they have acquired in physical connections, suggest the idea that some impression of the objects remembered is held in the mind, and again restored to its observation; or that some trace or result of the first act remains with the mind, waiting renewal in memory. Indeed, looking more at the material suggestions of mental phenomena, than at

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